by Candace Camp

April 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2030-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

In her last novel, Mesmerized, Candace Camp introduced readers to the unconventional Moreland family. In Beyond Compare, we are once again visiting with this curious and enchanting family.

The house is in an uproar as Olivia prepares to marry Stephen St. Leger, guests are arriving in droves, and the mischievous twins have let loose their parrot inside the house. The sole voice of reason and calm is Lady Kyria Moreland, one of the tonís loveliest and most unattainable young women. Kyria, the true head of household affairs, immediately sets about calming the surprised guests and attempts to capture Wellington before more damage is done. Unfortunately, her cousin chooses that moment to open the door, and Wellington heads straight for the nearest tree!

Not to be deterred, Kyria climbs up the tree, never once considering that this is simply not appropriate behavior. When she is stranded by a broken limb, she is rescued in dramatic fashion by a roguish and handsome stranger. Rafe McIntyre never imagined that a wedding could be so entertaining - particularly a British society wedding! The American business partner of the groom is charmed by his lovely armful, but much too cynical to be smitten. His fortune and good looks attract women of all ages, yet he has no plans to settle down. The Civil War taught him that such ties were meant to be broken. Of course, no one said he couldnít flirt a little!

As the wedding festivities carry on, Kyria and Rafe find themselves in the midst of a very mysterious murder, with ancient ties to a strange object that has been delivered to the family. As they work together to solve the mystery, their attraction continues to grow.

Beyond Compare starts with stunning good humor and adds intrigue and romance to the mix in a wonderful story. Ms. Camp has a light touch with character development and infuses them with a vitality that leaps off the page. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the final installment of the trilogy, Winterset.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Paula.

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